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Gift or take: The beauty treats to lavish on your favourite person (besides yourself)

Yours or mine?

Gift or take: The beauty treats to lavish on your favourite person (besides yourself)
Raise your hand if you're one of those people who goes Christmas shopping and then ends up buying a bunch of stuff for yourself along the way? Then take our poll to determine which beauty treat is better to give... and to receive

Christmas shopping is usually seen as a chore for most. Although some elevate it to an art — picking the perfect gifts that their recipients didn't even know they needed in their lives — most just struggle with a Santa's sack-worth of forgettable or cliched gifts each year. Need some help picking the crème de la crème from the myriad beauty sets and limited edition treats out there? We've sifted through the riff and the raff, and here are our recommendations. Go ahead, take your pick.

Click through the galleries and vote for the items you'll either gift or take for the holidays. And remember, there's no right or wrong answer... just a well-used credit card.

1. Will you gift... Clé de Peau Beauté's Essential Radiance set or their limited edition kit of five, eye colour pencils?

This luxurious skincare set that has all the essentials you need for inner radiance, in a gorgeous, keepsake box designed by artist Kathe Fraga
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This luxurious skincare set that has all the essentials you need for inner radiance, in a gorgeous, keepsake box designed by artist Kathe Fraga
These five eye colour pencils remind us of our Crayola days in the best, possible way. Experiment with your inner artist or break them up as mini stocking stuffers... it's your choice
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These five eye colour pencils remind us of our Crayola days in the best, possible way. Experiment with your inner artist or break them up as mini stocking stuffers... it's your choice

2. Will you take... Diptyque's Baies giant candle or a chic Byredo Room Spray in Cotton Poplin?

Living in a chateau or have a close millionaire friend who does? You may want to buy this giant Diptyque Baies candle to amply scent the space
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Living in a chateau or have a close millionaire friend who does? You may want to buy this giant Diptyque Baies candle to amply scent the space
If you're the most elegant person you know, this Byredo Room Spray in Cotton Poplin is a gift that can't go wrong
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If you're the most elegant person you know, this Byredo Room Spray in Cotton Poplin is a gift that can't go wrong

3. Will you gift... Xyrena's tongue-in-cheek Basic Bitch perfume or Maison Francis Kurkdjian's The Fragrance Wardrobe?

What does Xyrena's Basic Bitch smell like? Notes include pumpkin spiced latte and the worn out pages of a Nicolas Sparks novel — we're already in love
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What does Xyrena's Basic Bitch smell like? Notes include pumpkin spiced latte and the worn out pages of a Nicolas Sparks novel — we're already in love
Maison Francis Kurkdjian The Fragrance Wardobe Pour Femme is the epitome of refinement, and the eight options and unusual juices mean you'll never get bored or smell like the person next to you
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Maison Francis Kurkdjian The Fragrance Wardobe Pour Femme is the epitome of refinement, and the eight options and unusual juices mean you'll never get bored or smell like the person next to you
 

4. Will you take... Sulwhasoo's Hand Cream Duo or Mask Trio set?

This Sulwhasoo Hand Cream Duo is one of the best gifts you can give. Leave one at home and one at your desk, for well-hydrated hands 24/7
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This Sulwhasoo Hand Cream Duo is one of the best gifts you can give. Leave one at home and one at your desk, for well-hydrated hands 24/7
Why buy one mask when you can buy three different kinds? This Sulwhasoo trio has an Overnight Vitalizing, Clarifying and Radiance Energy Mask to suit all your changing skin needs
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Why buy one mask when you can buy three different kinds? This Sulwhasoo trio has an Overnight Vitalizing, Clarifying and Radiance Energy Mask to suit all your changing skin needs

5. Will you gift... the Man Ray for Nars Glass Tears Eyeshadow palette or Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. Eye and Cheek Palette?

This beautiful Man Ray for Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette with six, richly-pigmented eyeshadow shades is like a piece of art candy for your dresser
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This beautiful Man Ray for Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette with six, richly-pigmented eyeshadow shades is like a piece of art candy for your dresser
It's game on with Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros adorable Peach's Eye and Cheek Palette
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It's game on with Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros adorable Peach's Eye and Cheek Palette

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